Fashion Blogger Interview from My Arm Charms

Many of you might remember that I have had the pleasure of collaborating with My Arm Charms, a lovely and affordable online boutique specializing in arm candy of every style imaginable and for every woman. Well Leslie, the owner of this lovely shop recently pulled together her lovely fashion bloggers who agreed to the interview (Venus, Grace and I) for a fashion blogger interview. In case you aren’t following me here on Google + and missed it you can now. Here are some photos and links to the interview questions and answers. You can find these interview questions and collage images orginally from the Google + of My Arm Charms here. Thank you Leslie for interviewing and collaborating with me (us).
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1).What is the most appealing aspect of fashion blogging to you? Read here for the answers.

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2).What is one of  your most frequent challenges as a fashion blogger? Read the answers here.

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3). With all there is to do and the challenges presented HOW do you get it all done? What is the method to your madness? Read here to find out the methods to our fashion blogging madness.

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4). Did you create your style or did it find you? Read the answers here.

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5).How would you describe your style? Read how we would here.

 

Speaking of My Arm Charms, the winner of the My Arm Charms”Rock Star” blue cuff leather bracelet was Sean C. congratulations! I hope you enjoy the cuff!

Thanks for dropping by and supporting my blog. Please leave a comment at the end with maybe an interview question you might have for me and I will do my best to answer it in the near future? I will give your blog a shout out in the near future if you do so. 

Linking up with Cassidy Lou, Carrie.

Chocolate stains and a HUGE spider

These white pants are my new favorite but let me tell you they are CURSED or at least they were the day I wore them and after washing them.

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I have had on my wish list of items to shop for a pair of white pants or white leggings and chambray for quite some time and finally I scored them both in the same day at Marshalls and TJ Maxx. Well as a mom of four I was a little apprehensive to get white pants in the first place because anything can happen to white in a wardrobe.
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I dreaded spaghetti sauce, coffee or dirt getting on these babies but NO I had to go and sit on a melted chocolate bar in the seat of our van either before or after going into Target one night alone. I pray it was after my target trip as there was a smear of chocolate about 5 inches long near my butt (how embarrassing).

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It took several washings to wash the chocolate out of these pants too because at first I was out of bleach so I had to use Oxyclean stain remover, then that didn’t help, then regular cleaning bleach, nada so then I finally went to the store and got laundry Clorox bleach and used this on the pants and then….

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In our basement we have had a HUGE wolf spider decide to live near the washer and dryer, it has even scared me to go near the washer and dryer as I hate spiders. Well before I went to take the pants out of the wash to look over them I looked all over the place to make sure the spider wasn’t around. Whew not there. But once I opened the door to the dryer…

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He was sitting right on top of my white pants, ALIVE, alive I tell you. I gasped and looked around thinking on what to do but nothing came to mind so I gently picked up the damp pants and prayed he wouldn’t attack and seeing that the monster wasn’t moving towards me or my fingers I took something and swatted at it and I haven’t seen it since, and the chocolate stain was gone.

How is that for pants that went through ALOT after being worn the first time…or wait is it me that went through ALOT? Either way I am in love with them and can’t wait to style them throughout the spring and summer.

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For this outfit I choose to go “rock star” with my jewelry. Check out the nail pointed necklace and earrings, along with the “Rock Star” cuff bracelet from My Arm Charms. I just loved incorporating this punk/rock star look with elegant clothing.
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If you haven’t read here (where I also styled this same cuff) I am giving away this “Rock Star” bracelet to anyone living in the US. You can enter up to 24 entries to win this bracelet here.

How would you style this bracelet?
Outfit details: Bracelet: c/0 My Arm Charms “Rock Star”//Earrings & Necklace set: gift//Pants: via Marshalls//Chambray top: TJMaxx//Shoes: via Plato’s Closet//Purse: Michael Kors (wedding gift).

Linking up with: Mix It Mondays, Tuesday Talk, Thursday Fashion Files, What I wore Wednesday, Liz, Leanne, Whitney, Lisa, Melissa, Megan, Molly, Carylee, Cherie. Motivational Monday, Charnelle,Rhea Celebrate Southern, Trend Spin, Confident Tuesday Because Shanna Said So. Get Your Pretty On, Style Me Weekly.
Style Me Weekly.

Rachel xo
Garay Treasures

Lucked out

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Happy Hump Day! I normally don’t post on Wednesdays but I couldn’t help but show off yesterdays green outfit, because since blogging I actually care to wear green on St. Patricks day. Before blogging I almost cared less if I wore even just a hint of green. I even have a lot of Irish in me, what is wrong with me!?!  Here is what I wore last St. Patricks Day.

My day started out great and with the busyness of taking care of toddlers I misplaced my phone so I looked all over the place and even asked my two in a half year old son Xander where it might be. He started looking in a few of his boots and said the phone was in them, but no luck.  Since it was nearing nap time I disregarded the phone and actually took a nice pleasant uninterrupted by the phone nap while the kiddos did. Then when I woke up I searched some more and remembered the “Find iPhone” app on my icloud account so I did this from my laptop and found the phone- in a boot near the basement door. How lucky am I to have such a handy finding device? How awesome is my son for trying to tell me it was in a boot? and he was right for the most part, just not in the boots we were searching in.

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I had a hard time thinking and even finding a green item in my wardrobe when I remembered this lovely top that was gifted to me from my mom (even though the color seems more blue to me depending on the lighting).It is a Michael Michael Kors, I might add. This top still had the original MMK price tag (originally $89.50) but the top also had a Stein Mart tag and it had been reduced to $19.99 due to beading on the front coming loose or off. Because I didn’t know how to wear the top with missing beads in the front I thought last minute that adding a light grey metalic scarf would work perfectly to hide the imperfections and viola that and adding leopard print flats and my new black skinny jeans, the look worked like a charm.

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Speaking of charm I added my “Gems” bracelet from My Arm Charms to add another element and hint of green and gold tone to the look.

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I got lucky enough that my hubby let me run out and get some Starbucks and while I was away I managed to steal away to a neighborhood park and take these pictures. It was just a lovely breezy weather kind of day and while rain seemed to be on our horizon no rain came. I call that luck right there.

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What did you do for your St. Patricks Day?

Want to have a chance of getting lucky with a bracelet I am giving away? Then go here and enter to win a My Arm Charms “Rock Star” cuff bracelet (US entrants only please). Goodluck!

Outfit details: Shirt: Michael Michael Kors (gift, old)//Pants:Merona (via Target)//Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms “Gems”//Scarf: Christmas gift//Shoes:via Plato’s Closet.

Linking up with: Shanna, What I wore Wednesday, Get Your Pretty On, Style Elixir, Tuesday Talk, Thursday Fashion Files, Leanne, Fun Fashion Friday, Lisa, Melissa, Molly, Mix It Monday, Tara.

Style Collaboration: Fedora Hat and Leather Cuff bracelet + GIVEAWAY

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Happy Monday! I am excited to be collaborating again with blogger and new blogging friend Grace of Colorandgrace.com on how we styled our white fedora hats and leather cuff bracelets.

I love how Grace incorporated her white fedora and leather cuff with spring colors and florals. Her look is polished enough for wearing to work but fun enough to wear out and about perhaps on a fun lunch date or shopping date. I just love how Grace incorporated other bracelets from charmed bracelets to other cuffed bracelets (from My Arm Charms) with her leather cuff.  Grace has styled her fedora and leather cuff in other ways as well but you will just have to check those out on her blog here.

I choose to style my white fedora with a striped black and white dress I got on super clearance back on Black Friday along with black flats and cardigan. My “Rock Star” blue leather cuff bracelet from My Arm Charms was added to the outfit along with a long chained necklace with bead hints in the same blue color. I wanted a casual look that day but something fun enough to wear to a baby shower which I attended that day in this outfit.
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Today in celebration of this style collaboration with Grace, I have partnered up with My Arm Charms and Grace to giveaway this same blue leather “Rock Star” cuff you see gracing my arm today. I just love this cuff for it’s color and added charm. At first I thought the cuff wouldn’t fit my style but I was charmed other wise, it is just too cute. It snaps by snaps around the wrist and feels so comfortable. If you can’t wait to see if you won this bracelet (which is $14.99) then I encourage you to sign up for My Arm Charms e-mails so that you can receive offers, discounts and sometimes monthly giveaway news. When you subscribe to the e-mailing list you also receive $10 off a order subtotal of $30 minimum with a code. Now you can’t beat that and ALL the bracelets and watches are affordable. This giveaway is open until midnight March 30 and is open to participants with a US mailing address only. The more entries you complete the more points you will be able to receive. Please enter in the rafflecopter box below. Thank you and Goodluck!!!
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My outfit details: Leather cuff bracelet:c/o- My Arm Charms Rock Star cuff bracelet //Necklace: old//Fedora: via Plato’s Closet//Maxi dress:Charlotte Russe//Cardigan: Old Navy//Flats: Merona (via Target, old).

*My Arm Charms provided the Rock Star bracelet in exchange for a review. However all opinions are 100% mine and not that of My Arm Charms.
Linking up with: Carylee, Molly Mix It Monday, Motivational Monday Thursday Fashion Files,Melissa, Whitney, Charnelle Fashion Fun Friday, Tara

Rachel xo
Garay Treasures

Get charmed

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend! Ours was extremely busy, like one thing to the next and no stopping. My hubby and I were able to plan a date afternoon through evening of going and looking for furniture. Since my hubby and I met we haven’t bought much furniture (well accept our bedroom set 4 years ago, bookshelf and a few $1 lamps) but we have had people donate furniture to us when they have moved and wanted newer sets or people have just wanted to bless us with second hand or thrifted furniture. We ended up buying everything on a super discount or outlet and this includes  a new sectional couch, 8 bin organizer shelf and 6 chair dining room set. On top of that we had placed an order for carpeting through our house and await the estimate for that job and carpet to go down next month. Then with moving the newer sets in and older sets out and cleaning behind the older sets it has been a process, but we are in LOVE with our new sets and can’t wait to get our carpet in. With all the busy-ness I did get some time in to shop at my favorite stores (Marshalls, Target and TJ Maxx) and scored some much needed items for spring (more of those added items in the near future) as well as this lovely outfit shoot.
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I was recently contacted by hands down one of the best women and entrepreneur I have had the pleasure to collaborate with and that is Leslie of My Arm Charms (a bracelet boutique for the fashionista with a hunger for loads of arm candy). I am so excited to work with this boutique and to present to you some lovely arm charms that is not only affordable but chic and what’s better the site (here) has something listed for everyone and every style desired.

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These two bracelets I am wearing here have been worn numerous times since receiving them but my favorite items to wear them with are brown and with this mustard cardigan. These are so versatile that they would go with just about any item you own. The “Gems” bracelet (seen here) is a stretchy gold beaded bracelet that goes on like a glove and sets perfectly without moving up or down the wrist. At first the beads or gold links seemed a bit itchy but I think this was because I am not use to a bracelet with a whole bunch of links and beads to it but there were no link imprints or any further uncomfortableness when worn for hours several days in a row.
The silver bracelet with gold roman numerals is probably a new personal favorite and opens on the side and clamps down shut when placed on. (view here).

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I paired these bracelets with a similar gold toned thin bangle bracelet and a layered necklace in the same metal tones for a fun metal mixing statement.
Outfit details:  Beaded link bracelet:c/0 My Arm Charms “Gems” (here)// Roman numeral bracelet: c/0 My Arm Charms “When In Rome” (here)//Thin bangle bracelet: Charlotte Russe (part of a set)//Necklace: Lia Sophia (gift)//Cardigan: Merona via Target//Tee: A.D.A via JCPenny//Pants: Merona via Target (gift)//Shoes: via Plato’s Closet.

What are your favorite arm candy pieces? What did you do this past weekend?

Linking up with: Charnelle, Keri. Molly, Carylee, Lauren, Carrie, Lisa, Mahagoney Closet, Whitney, J, Laura of Confident Tuesday, <a href=”http://www.becauseshannasaidso.com/2015/03/plaid-polka-dot-utility-jacket-spring-2015.html” target=”_blank”>Shanna, Liz, What I wore Wednesday, Cherie with Style Nudge, Leanne. Jacqueline, Passion 4 Fashion.

Rachel xo
Garay Treasures

Style Collaboration: Faux Fur Vest

fauxfurvestcollabToday I am excited to bring back another style collaboration post (see my holiday wear collaboration here, and mustard cardigan one here), this time with Grace of colorandgrace.com and we will be showing you how we styled our white faux fur vests for the spring weather coming.

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I have known Grace for only a short period of time but I had originally started following her on Instagram but liked her style so much I just had to follow her blog and things have been great since. Grace blogs on outfits and her past travels and adventures everyday (even on the weekends). This girl is dedicated to her blog, fashion and her readers.

Today she has styled a great street or work wear outfit appropriate for spring. Although her vest has a touch of black at the bottom I just love how she incorporates little touches of black in her heels as well.  I also love how she incorporates the trendy marsala (burgundy) color through her lovely pants, and chambray with just the right amount of sparkle through her accessories as well. To view more on her vest and meet her go here.
IMG_0005I choose to style my white faux fur vest with a vintage floral boho blouse of mine (I mean vintage shirt in that this thing has been in my wardrobe for almost 8 years or more, and I still wear it each season). I topped off the look with white cropped pants and blue suede flats.
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IMG_0009If you haven’t already read it before then you will know now. I LOVE wearing BLUE and will be incorporating more blue throughout my spring and summer wardrobe for sure, so of course this had to be a staple color with the vest, especially with spring around the corner.
IMG_0013The right amount of sparkle in the jewelry adds some fun and flirty elements to the vest, giving off an extra oomph of sparkle and light.
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IMG_0017Don’t you just love photo bombs- that cone just ruins these pictures. But my hubby who took these pictures didn’t factor in the obvious, haha! God rest his soul!

Ways I have worn this same vest before are here and here for the winter season.

Fun fact: I now own a Cannon Rebel T5 EOS 1200D DSLR camera (used to take these photos). My hubby and I saved money in an envelope for this very camera since before Christmas and I ended up getting a HUGE package deal off of amazon for this Camera, tripod, lenses, filters, mini-tripod, strap, carry bag and more for only less than $500 on sale- It WAS WORTH IT! Any tips you might have on how to use this intimidating camera would be helpful!

*In these collaborations I select bloggers that are interested or that I happen to want to work with based on similar wardrobe items and we make it work and feature each other and share our different styles. Let me know if you are interested in a future style collaboration in the comments below.

Outfit details- Faur fur vest: Xhilaration (via Target a few months back on clearance)//Floral blouse: Charlotte Russe (very old)//Cropped Pants: Style & Co (old)//Shoes: via Plato’s Closet//Necklace: The Mint Julep Boutique//Earrings: part of a set from The Sparkle Exchange (buy here)//Lipstick: Avon- Lovey Dovey pink

Have you entered the $300 H&M giveaway that I am participating in yet?
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Prize: $300 H&M Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Linking up with: Leanne, Liz, The Pleated Poppy, Tuesday Talk, Carrie,Dawn

Rachelxo
Garay Treasures

Borrowing from my sister

DSC02109I may have mentioned in the past that I love to borrow my sister Annalises’ clothes (well I actually mean accessories). Here is one of those times. The scarf, cardigan and boots are hers, but she allowed me to borrow them for a day of shopping with her. DSC02108
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Outfit details: Scarf: Charlotte Russe (borrowed)//Cardigan: unknown//White tee: JC Penny//Leggings: Old Navy//Ankle Boots: Simply Vera Vera Wang//Bracletts: Charlotte Russe//Nail Polish: ULTA.

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Oh and before I go for the day I want to show off my best that could be done with curly hair fishtail braid that Annalise happened to do. My first one and so lovely, even with the flyaways.

What or who do you borrow items from?
Thanks for reading ladies,
Rachel xo
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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $300 H&M Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 3/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Linking up with Whitney, Lisa, Liz, Molly and Carylee. Carrie Jacqueline, J, Dawn.